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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind".

Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind".

Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

    104 - Brazen: The murder of Rose Farrelly

    104 - Brazen: The murder of Rose Farrelly

    57 year old Rose Farrelly was found dead in her own home on the morning of the 15th February 1993. It appeared that the house had been broken into, and then the single woman had been beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled to death. 




    The trial for Rose's murder was the first in Ireland to use DNA evidence.




    But the reason for Rose's murder remains unclear - it appears the answer may be the most frightening of all. 




    He did it because he could. 




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    Sources:







    Ann O'Loughlin and Bairbre Power, “Pure Evil” in The Evening Herald(16 February 1993) p.p. 1-2




    Paul O'Neill, “Robberies linked to murder of woman” in The Irish Times(17 February 1993) p. 2.




    Ann O'Loughlin and Bairbre Power, “Rose killing: gardai probe burglaries” in The Evening Herald(17 February 1993) p. 2.




    Paul O'Neill, “Faulty lock on victim's door” in The Irish Times (18 February 1993) p. 8.




    “Murder hunt: 500 houses visited” in The Evening Herald(20 February 1993) p. 7




    Paul O'Neill, “Garda file for DPP on woman's murder” in The Irish Times (22 February 1993) p. 2.




    “Murdered woman was also raped” in The Irish Times(4 March 1993) p. 2.




    “Dublin man on murder charge” in The Irish Times(27 April 1993) p. 4.




    “Ring cut from woman's finger, murder trial told” in The Irish Times (4 February 1994) p. 4.




    Mary Carolan, “Murder trial told of brutal sex attack” in The Irish Times (4 February 1994) p 6



    “Woman died from asphyxia, murder trial told” in The Irish Times(5 February 1994) p. 4.




    “Pathologist says victim may have been smothered” in The Irish Times(8 February 1994) p. 4.




    Mary Carolan, “Attacker smothered woman (57) court told” in The Irish Independent (8 February 1994) p. 6.




    “Sharp knife was used on hand, hair of dead woman, court hears” in The Irish Times (9 February 1994) p. 5




    “Adjournment in murder trial” in The Irish Times(10 February 1994) p. 4.




    Mary Carolan, “Trial told of 'red-haired man' in pub” in The Irish Independent (11 February 1994) p. 4.




    “Man had been in pub near murder scene” in The Irish Times(11 February 1994) p. 4.




    for a full list of sources please see mensreapod.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

    Introducing Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders

    In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops.

    “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murders” recounts the wild and deeply disturbing story of an unhinged American family and the terrible brutality they unleashed. The podcast features the taped confessions of one of the killers, given when he was serving a life term in Colorado.

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    • 5 min
    Introducing Killer Psyche

    Introducing Killer Psyche

    What causes people to become killers?

    KILLER PSYCHE is a true crime podcast from Wondery that covers high-profile cases that shocked the world. Host Candice Delong uses her experience as a clinical psychiatric nurse and FBI Criminal Profiler to dissect the motivations and behaviors of the most terrifying criminals in history.

    In a recent episode, Candice explores the case of Pedro Rodrigues Filho, also known as The Brazilian Dexter. Rodrigues went on to murder, by his count, more than 100 people -- most of them while he was behind bars. To many, he was a hero -- a vigilante seeking justice for victims. But to others, he was just a cold-blooded murderer.

    This is just a preview of Killer Psyche, but you can listen to the full episode at http://wondery.fm/KP_MensRea

    • 8 min
    103 - A killing at Christmas: The murder of Maire Rankin

    103 - A killing at Christmas: The murder of Maire Rankin

    On Christmas morning, 2008, 81 year old widow Maire Rankin was not answering the phone. Family members called around to her Newry home to check on her - not only had she been recently ill but it was totally out of character for her to not respond. 




    When they arrived at the house on the Dublin Road, Maire was found dead on her bedroom floor. The house was a mess, and it appeared that Mrs Rankin had been subjected to a violent assault of a sexual nature.



    No one expected it when Maire's 42 year old neighbour was arrested. Not only was Karen Walsh a woman, she was a wealthy pharmacist who stayed in her second home in Newry on the weekends.




    What on earth had happened, and was the mother of one really responsible for the death of the elderly woman? 



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    Sources:




    R v Walsh [2015] NICA 46




    R v Walsh [2011] NICC 30 (No 2)




    R v Walsh [2011] NICC 1




    Gerry Moriarty, “Death in Newry treated as suspicious” in The Irish Times (27 December 2008) p 4




    “Two questioned over death of Newry woman” in The Irish Times (29 December 2008) p. 4.



    “PSNI questioning of pair extended” in The Irish Times (31 December 2008) p. 4.




    “Financier's wife accused of Newry murder” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/financiers-wife-accused-of-newry-murder-28460142.html (5 January 2009)




    Victoria O'Hara, “Woman, 42, is charged with Maire murder” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/woman-42-is-charged-with-maire-murder-28459665.html  (1 January 2009)




    “Hundreds attend funeral of murdered pensioner” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/hundreds-attend-funeral-of-murdered-pensioner-28460427.html  (8 January 2009)




    “Murdered pensioner 'victim of sex attack'” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/murdered-pensioner-victim-of-sex-attack-28463968.html  (27 January 2009)



    “Bail granted to pharmacist on murder charge” in The Irish Times (13 February 2009) p. 4.



    “Sex attack on pensioner 'a possible attempt to fool police'” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/sex-attack-on-pensioner-a-possible-attempt-to-fool-police-28466439.html  (13 February 2009)




    “Killing suspect 'face switch' fear” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/killing-suspect-face-switch-fear-28483203.html (17 June 2009)



    “Murder accused had plans to buy bogus passport, court told” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/murder-accused-had-plans-to-buy-bogus-passport-court-told-28483390.html (18 June 2009)




    “File on pensioner's murder has been prepared, court told” in The Belfast Telegraph https://www.belfasttelegraph.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    102 - The murder of Colleen Mulder

    102 - The murder of Colleen Mulder

    In 2004, 41 year old mother of 6, Colleen Mulder was found dead in her bed. Quickly, her husband Anton was arrested. Was Anton being abused? Or was he suffering from a mental disorder? 




    It would take 4 years of court proceedings to decide. 




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    Sources:




    DPP v Mulder   [2007] IECCA 63

    DPP v Mulder [2009] IECCA 45

    “Man charged after wife's death” in The Irish Independent    https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-charged-after-wifes-death-26227785.html   (19 December 2004)

    Marie O'Halloran, “Husband accused of assault after wife's death” in The Irish Times (20 December 2004) p. 4.

    “Husband charged over wife's death” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/husband-charged-over-wifes-death-25889477.html  (20 December 2004)

    “News in Brief: Husband charged with murder” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news-in-brief-25997820.html   (2 February 2005)

    “Man remanded in custody over wife's murder” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-remanded-in-custody-over-wife-s-murder-1.1173715 (2 February 2005)

    “News in Brief” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news-in-brief-25998012.html   (3 February 2005)

    “Man sent to cells for outburst”  in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-sent-to-cells-for-outburst-26382683.html  (2 May 2006)

    “Victim's brother sent to cells after outburst in murder trial” in The Irish Times   (3 May 2006) p. 4.

    “Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of wife” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-pleads-guilty-to-manslaughter-of-wife-1.781260 (2 May 2006)

    Aodhan O'Faolain, “Man accused of killing wife 'had troubled marriage'” in The Irish Independent https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-accused-of-killing-wife-had-troubled-marriage-26382853.html  (4 May 2006)

    “Murder trial told of man's marital troubles” in The Irish Times    (4 May 2006) p. 4.




    For a full list of sources, please see www.mensreapod.com

    • 56 min
    Wondery Presents: The Shrink Next Door

    Wondery Presents: The Shrink Next Door

    Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbour in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbour -- and the house next door -- was wrong. 

    From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” is a story about power, control and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades. Written and hosted by Joe Nocera, a columnist for Bloomberg. The Shrink Next Door is now an Apple Original series, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Watch now only on Apple TV+. 




    Listen to the Shrink Next Door now! 





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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
478 Ratings

478 Ratings

twish71 ,

Excellent podcast

Excellent podcast, informative and well presented about mostly Irish murders.
If you are outside Ireland and have an interest in high profile cases and our system, police ect this podcast is for you great sound quality as well.

midnightanvil ,

Gripping.

I’m fascinated by all of these well researched, and narrated true crimes.
I also live Sinéad’s voice.

Whack83 ,

Amazing!

Well researched and the presentation is perfect. Probably my favorite podcast.

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